Its pretty easy to understand how a swallow tail ski would help to provide more float in powder. After watching a few people ride switch on the line sakana, I am wondering how a slightly raised tail would affect their intended performance. Also, is there any quantifiable comparison to wider skis without a swallow tail? Like in terms of float, where would a swallow tail ski at 105 underfoot (I believe thats what the sakana is) stack up against now swallow tail skis? Obviously it depends a lot on dimensions of the swallow tail, but is there a rough estimate? "The float of the sakana at 105 is comparable to the float of an xxx underfoot ski" .
I have always thought its a cool shape but the industry dosent produce very many. Theres about three that I have seen from manufacturers. Two being the sakana and pescado from line and folsom makes one as well.
Another non sequential question. Only videos I have seen are people carving them on groomers, does the swallow tail also do something for that style of riding? I don't see how it could.